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Posted 2017-10-24T23:40:16Z

Waiting ...

Each day as Kelly leaves for radiation therapy, Champ moves to the window and watches her leave. He then stays for 2-3 hours simply waiting for her return. He doesn’t nap or react as he watches each car pass, each squirrel scamper or each leaf blow. No amount of cajoling makes him leave his post for more than a few minutes. Champ isn’t the only one waiting. This week, time seems to be crawling by as we await the end of Kelly’s treatments. With 3 days to go, the waiting feels a bit more intense and a bit more exciting.

Kelly seems to be more focused on making it through each day. While not as extreme as chemo, the weeks get harder and this one started with some challenges. Nausea, internal pain at the radiation sites and fatigue are the main culprits. Throat and esophagus pain impedes eating and drinking, but she uses a liquid pain medicine to help get fluids and soft foods down. On Sunday, she hit a decent size speed bump that landed her in the hospital for a night. She was discharged Monday just in time to make it to proton therapy in the afternoon. Needless to say, she was exhausted.

Waiting has become a new way of life for all of us. Seems like Kelly is always waiting for a pain to pass, a medicine to take effect, a treatment to finish up or a test result to return. And we wait with her. However, we have learned to be more patient and know that life isn’t to be rushed. We are appreciative of the doctors, nurses and techs that make certain everything is precise. While it can be especially hard for Kelly, knowing the end is in sight makes enduring 3 more days seem doable. No need to ask Kelly if she will celebrate on Friday. We know her answer will be: “I’ll celebrate when I feel better.”

So what’s next after Friday? Good question! The doctors prefer to dole out information in bite-sized portions, and frankly there is enough information to absorb in each phase, we tend not to ask. She sees her oncologist next week and we will learn the next step. We know a PET scan is in her future, but do not know when. Cancer cells can keep dying weeks and months after radiation ends, so it may be awhile.

Meanwhile, we will just wait.

Lydia and Steve

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Comments (7)

  • Nancy Huntoon Norris
    Nancy Huntoon Norris

    Praying for waiting time to go quickly along with pain to quickly also. Stay strong all of you and Champ too, God is always with you!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Leslie Brede
    Leslie Brede

    Love you, Kelly. Hoping for these last few days to go by quickly and for the results to be what all our prayers have asked.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sally switzer
    Sally switzer

    Prayers continue for you all!! Love and hugs too!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sandy Marshall
    Sandy Marshall

    Praying for all of you and grateful the end to this is in sight.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Wallace Shook
    Wallace Shook

    Hang Aggie tough, Kelly. Champ is pulling for you, too, as all of us are. G'pa Shook

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jill Fortenbaugh
    Jill Fortenbaugh

    Your friends too will sit and wait, wait for your updates, wait for your friendship, wait for your shinning love that comes through you....that cares and takes care of your family. We will all sit and wait together, wait for results, wait and learn that life matters at such the slow pace, you take care my friend.... until I see ya again.. i continue to pray for your family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Scheibmeir
    Patty Scheibmeir

    Two more days now...and counting! You’ve been through so much, you can do this too!! Praying for you. 🙏💕

    2 years ago · Reply